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Sol Y Luna

Posted in music by Robyn P. Yager on May 31, 2010

This Wednesday June 2nd at 7:30pm, Ariel Barnes plays Sol Y Luna, a solo cello show here at Cafe for Contemporary Art.

Ariel Barnes enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Over the past several years, he has performed to great acclaim in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Equally comfortable in genres of music ranging from the baroque to modern times, his performances have included evenings of Mozart’s chamber music to contemporary solo cello recitals.  As an avid chamber musician, he has enjoyed appearances at MusicFest Vancouver, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, Music at Port Milford, and Northern Lights Music Festival.

Along with colleagues Mary Sokol-Brown and Andrew Brown, Ariel is a member of Trio Accord, a Vancouver-based string trio which the Victoria Times praised for its “enchanting,” “exhilarating,” and “extremely moving” performances. Trio Accord have recently been return guests at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Mexico and are currently Faculty members at the Courtney Youth Music Camp in British Columbia.

Released in the fall of 2008, Trio Accord’s debut recording on Skylark Records of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations was nominated for Classical Record of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

He is currently Principal Cello of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, a member of The Turning Point Ensemble and National Broadcast Orchestra.  Ariel’s recordings can be heard on ATMA Classique, Skylark Records, Universal Music, 604 Records, Centrediscs, CBC Radio (including Espace Musique), CBC Television, Integrity Music, Za Discs, Disney Films, and Funktopus Records. His principal teachers have included Daniel Domb at the University of Toronto, Bruce Uchimura at Western Michigan University, Craig Weaver of the Seattle Symphony, and Eric Wilson at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he has received coaching from Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Janos Starker, Lawrence Lesser, Lorand Fenyves, and members of the Guarneri, Cleveland, Orford, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

“Cellist Ariel Barnes, gave the night’s most mesmerizing musical

experience… The epic nature of this composition was expressed ideally by Ariel’s dazzling technique and personal connection.”

The Live Music Report, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets for this event will be available at the door for $20.00, and advance tickets will be available through Ariel.

Please contact Cafe for Contemporary Art for tickets/information

San Fransisco presents

Posted in Coffee by Robyn P. Yager on May 26, 2010

Tyler just got back from Korea and had a layover in San Fransisco, so he brought us back from espresso from Ritual coffee roasters and… three different kinds of coffee from Four Barrel that we are brewing on our clover upon request (or suggestion ;))

…come down and try some!

cafca style

Posted in exhibitions, Uncategorized by Robyn P. Yager on May 17, 2010

Some of you may know that Cafe for Contemporary Art has a lot of merchandise for sale.

I would like to introduce you to some of t-shirts available at our cafe.

The designs of Afshin Sabouki, Adrian Boston, and Carla Trevisi are all available at our cafe!

Afshin Sabouki’s designs were created last year as a reaction to the elections in Iran.




Gallery Hop 2010 Vancouver

Posted in art by Robyn P. Yager on May 7, 2010

Exciting news!!!

Cafe for Contemporary Art is involved in the Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop 2010 Vancouver, on May 29th.

Since 1996, the Canadian Art Gallery Hop has “provided free gallery talks and mobilized audiences for art” in both Toronto and Vancouver. The event “acts as [an] educational vehicle to provide access and information for the art interested public with a day of engaging and enlightening discussions at local art galleries with art-world insiders sharing their views on general topics in the visual arts” (quotes courtesy of Canadian Art Foundation).

The day begins with a conversation and book launch at 11am-12:30pm at the Vancity Theatre, with curators Kitty Scott and Douglas Fogle as well with artists Lisa Anne Auerbach and Althea Thauberger.

Gallery tours and talks continue on in the day at various galleries throughout Vancouver from 1:30pm-5pm, followed by a special screening and reception for Tamra Davis’ documentary, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child again at the Vancity Theatre.

These various events require tickets which you can buy here and more information on the Gallery Hop (times, other participating galleries, etc.) can be found at the event microsite.

We’re so excited to be involved in this!!

(image courtesy of Canadian Art Foundation)

new exhibits, new members

Posted in art, exhibitions by Robyn P. Yager on May 5, 2010

Hello dear friends!

Sincere apologies for lack of updates on the site and blog, but today is a new day. Let me update you on some new things at Cafe for Contemporary Art.

First of all, this Friday is art opening for Cafca’s newest exhibition entitled: Perspectives on Community: Images on the theme of community by North Vancouver Secondary Students.

In previous years, North Vancouver’s Presentation House has held a similar exhibition for secondary students, however, due to lack of funding this year, the exhibition was unable to continue at that location. This year’s exhibition helps to further understand our communities and what a “community” means to its public. The contribution of high school students in such an exhibit adds a different perspective through viewing such a theme. We felt that it was crucial to provide these individuals with a space for expressing their thoughts, so, this year the exhibit will be held at Cafe for Contemporary Art.

Come down to Cafca on Friday May 7th at 5pm, to celebrate the opening of this exhibition and open a discussion on community and what it means. The exhibit will run until May 23, 2010.

We have just gotten word that we have been selected as one of the semi-finalist cafes in Vancouver for the Krups Kup of Excellence, created by KRUPS, a major supplier of personal coffee related equipment and appliances. “KRUPS developed this prestigious award to recognize the commitment of independent cafés to brewing superior-tasting espresso in a unique environment that celebrates Canadians’ passion for skillfully prepared coffee.” The 2009 winner of this award in Vancouver was 49th Parallel.
Public voting for the award will begin June 1st, 2010, so look for more information about this in the next few weeks.

Finally, I would like to introduce myself, Robyn Yager, as Cafe for Contemporary Art’s newest member. After visiting Cafca and speaking to Tyler about art, coffee, and his visions for his space I was immediately interested in the programs it was making available to the community and the area as well as its devotion to great coffee! As a result, here I am – dividing my time between making you espresso and managing much of Cafca’s communications. So, look forward to updates, and I will do my best to provide you dear friends with information on upcoming programs, gallery exhibits, and cafe news!


Cafe for Contemporary Art (via Robyn Yager).